When will we reopen?
Governor Baker should announce more information on Phase 2 during the June 6th press conference. We expect specific reopening dates for all industries included in Phase 2, and guidelines for each, at that time. For more frequent updates, check our Facebook page.
What do we know about reopening?
As soon as we get specific guidelines, we will begin implementing any changes. Until then, we have watched other states guidelines and anticipate similar ones here. We will require masks for staff & clients. We will limit the number of people in the office at one time. We will provide practitioners with uniform scrub tops, in case changing between clients is required. We will store our clean linens in closed plastic totes (instead of our cute open baskets) under each massage table. We will pre-screen staff & clients prior to each scheduled shift or appointment. To protect our local & seasonal residents, we most likely not accept tourist bookings at this time. We will reactivate any expired services as clients come in. Since we will be playing catch up with our clients, we recommend booking out appointments for several months in advance, if possible.
Discussions in the massage groups on Facebok have speculated different ways to cover the increased costs of doing business. Unlike many other practitioners, we will not provide disposable masks to clients for free. Clients that do not bring their own mask will have the option to purchase a cloth mask at our cost (to be determined). Also unlike many other practitioners, we do NOT plan to raise our rates at this time. We will reassess this in January and notify clients at that time if we decide an increase becomes necessary.
Behind the Scenes
We have postponed our plans to relocate to a larger, permanent location. While still one of our goals, these expansion plans will likely occur in 1-2 years. We need time to rebuild our savings prior to taking on a larger space and higher bills.
We have also been working on putting together an employee benefit package. Unfortunately, implementing most of these new benefits will be delayed. Our staff will begin accruing PTO immediately upon reopening. Retirement plans & health insurance will likely be pushed back to sometime in 2021, depending on how quickly we recoup from our mandatory closure.
We wish you the best & look forward to seeing you as soon as we can safely (and legally) reopen. We are almost there!
The OM Team